Singaporeans and Air-Conditioners – An Unbreakable Bond
Ambi Climate, the A.I.-powered air conditioner accessory that is designed to solve everyday air conditioner usage problems for Singaporeans
By: Ambi Labs Ltd
In all five countries (US, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia, Singapore), respondents overwhelmingly agreed that in the summer, the AC is the most important modern convenience;
The survey arrived at 3 major conclusions for Singapore:
1. Singaporeans are the most eco-conscious;
2. However, Singaporeans also have the highest complaints of being too cold; especially throughout the night or early in the morning, indicating that there is still much room to further reduce their AC energy bills
3. Singaporeans make the least changes to their ACs; with the highest proportion of people who keep the same temperature all year round – which contributes to their discomfort.
Feeling cold while the AC is on isn't just about discomfort. Setting the AC set point temperature too low also wastes energy. According to NCCS Singapore, TEPCO and UC Berkeley, a 1˚C increase in the set-point temperature can result in 3-10% energy savings.
Consumers don't want to sacrifice comfort to save energy – but when the additional energy consumption reduces comfort, then this is additional consumption is unnecessary. One way to save energy while boosting comfort is to adjust the AC during the day to take changing metabolic and outdoor conditions into account.
Regular AC control also provides other benefits, stopping the room from getting too stuffy, and from getting too dry. Thermal comfort is about more than just temperature alone, with multiple other factors such as humidity, sunlight, weather and metabolism also playing a part.
The survey also revealed that, for couples who live together, 55% find they have different temperature preferences to other people in the room. For parents, however, home temperature is about more than personal preference. The vast majority of parents (91%), rank their child's room temperature as 'important' or 'very important'. If this temperature isn't right, around half worry about their child's health (45%). To help them maintain the right conditions, parents use ACs for their children extensively, with 74% turning on the ACs even if not entirely needed. Pet owners are also worried about home temperature that 56% worry about their pets suffering from heat exhaustion when home alone, with almost 79% seeking to monitor their pets' comfort while away (or already doing so).
The survey was conducted by Ambi Labs online in October 2017. A sample size of over 1,500 respondents answered questions in relation to their AC usage and problems in 4 major categories: General, Parents, Pet Owners, and Couples. the infograph can be found here http://bit.ly/